Everyday Acts and Small Subversions: Women Reinventing Family, Community and Home
"Anndee Hochman helps us to imagine the new possibilities for relationships, rituals and language ... and to understand that when we throw away that rule book we are not alone."--Ms.¶"A wonderful trove of experimentation and possibility."--The Women's Review of Books¶"This book is a homecoming!"--Philadelphia Daily News
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by The Eighth Mountain Press
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I guess this book is a little dated now--it was even when I read it in 2001--but I think about it often. I love how it shows that there are so many different ways people choose to live their lives, and it reminds me of my camp counselors when I was a kid, many of whom were Portland lesbians like this author.
This was a fascinating look at community and family and what those words mean to different people at different life stages. My only quibble is that the polyamorous crowd was largely ignored, though a lot of other family styles were covered nicely. Some of it is pretty dated, but all of it is interesting. Well-worth reading
I found this book in my Dad's collection after he passed away. I can't imagine why he owned it, it does not seem like something he would read. But there it was and being the Sociology Major that I was I read it. What a treat full of great ideas for creating community.
Somebody gave me this book at a time when it was probably Not My Thing, but it turned out to be a fascinating look at the changing definition of family. I've recommended it to several people whose definitions could use a little redefining.